Paul Freier

Slawomir " Slavo " Paul Freier (Polish Sławomir Paweł Free ) ( born July 26, 1979 in Bytom, Poland ) is a German football player.


Paul Freier began as a five year old playing football at LTS Łabędy. After moving his family to the Sauerland he played from 1990 when SV Durchholzen and the BSV Menden on. Free received as a teenager an offer of youth department of Borussia Dortmund, but was Paul Freier's father Eugene, himself a former football player who believes that a change would come too soon. For one thing because " young players stay as long as possible in their home club " and continue to "evolve there." Would also have been Paul Freier not get due to the occupation of his father the opportunity to be driven several times per week to Dortmund .. In 1996, Free the youth program of the VfL ​​Bochum. In whose jersey he made ​​his professional debut in the Bundesliga 2, when he came off the bench on 5 November 1999 in the match against SV Waldhof Mannheim just before the end.

Freier's career was initially affected by the ups and downs of his club. Ascent and descent took turns in Bochum. It was not until the 2002/03 season brought for the right winger breakthrough: it was through his good performances for national team. He reached in 2004 with VfL Bochum a UEFA Cup place.

From the 2004/05 season played for Free Bayer 04 Leverkusen. For the season 2008/ 09 Free moved back to VfL Bochum, where he signed a five -year contract.

Paul Freier debuted on 9 May 2002 in the national team when he im Breisgau against Kuwait was used 7-0 victory in Freiburg. After the FIFA World Cup 2002, he was appointed a regular in the national team and was also a contestant on a place in the squad for Euro 2004. Due to injury, he could not participate in that tournament. In February 2005, he celebrated under Jürgen Klinsmann in a 2-2 draw against Argentina in Dusseldorf his comeback to the national team. As a result, he was not nominated a half years for the national team before he was re-nominated in November 2006 by Joachim Loew for the European Championship qualifier in Nicosia against Cyprus. In that game he did not come, however, to use. In March 2007 he was nominated for the friendly match against Denmark in Duisburg and was also used. The game was also the last suitor's commitment to the national team.


Paul Freier is married with four children and lives in Iserlohn.